Officer posthumously awarded George Medal

A Police officer who was killed last year as he tried to stop a man firing a gun near his home in Clacton has been posthumously awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

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Selfless Essex police officer awarded the George Medal for gallantry

The selfless act of an off-duty police officer shot dead in Essex has been recognised at the highest level.

Pc Ian Dibell was killed as he tried to protect the public from gunman Peter Reeve, who had fired shots near his home in Clacton in July last year.

Pc Dibell now becomes the first police officer in more than 20 years to be awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

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Theresa May leads tributes to Pc Ian Dibell

Theresa May has praised Pc Ian Dibell's bravery. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May has spoken of the "courage" shown by Pc Ian Dibell after the police officer was posthumously awarded the George Medal.

The Police Constable was killed whilst trying to protect others from a gunman in Clacton last year.

Pc Ian Dibell. Credit: Essex Police

“The George Medal is awarded for great acts of bravery and is one of the highest

honours bestowed on a person, " she said.

“PC Ian Dibell is the first police officer in 21 years to receive it. This is testament to

his courage and selflessness in stepping in, off-duty, to help a neighbour in distress.

"He could have walked away, but he chose to put himself in harm's way and for his

courage, he sadly paid with his life.

"Pc Dibell’s death is a reminder not just of the bravery police officers show on a

daily basis, but also the depth of their commitment to public service."

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Partner hails Pc Ian Dibell's bravery after officer is awarded the George Medal

The partner of a police officer who has today posthumously been awarded the George Medal for gallantry has expressed her pride.

Pc Ian Dibell was shot while trying to intervene in a dispute near his home in Clacton-on-Sea in July last year.

"I am immensely proud that Ian has been awarded The George Medal.

Ian made a decision to keep his community safe and unfortunately paid with his life.

This selfless act has now been recognised at the highest level.

He will be remembered by the country for his heroic act, but to me he was just my Ian."

– PCSO Louise Lilley, Pc Ian Dibell's partner

Essex: Brave officer posthumously awarded George Medal

Pc Ian Dibell. Credit: Essex Police

A Police officer who was killed as he tried to stop a man firing a gun near his home in an Essex town has been posthumously awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

Pc Ian Dibell was shot while trying to intervene in a dispute near his home in Clacton-on-Sea in July last year.

He is the first police officer in the country to receive the award in 21 years and the first ever in Essex.

In fact, only just over 2,000 people have been awarded the medal since its inception in 1940.

The Chief Constable of Essex Police, Stephen Kavanagh, says that Pc Dibell's actions more than justified the award:

"Essex Police could not be more proud to learn that Police Constable Ian Dibell has been awarded the George Medal.

"This award ranks PC Dibell, quite rightly, as one of the bravest people in the country. He has been recognised posthumously for his immense courage and sacrifice. He selflessly and knowingly put his own life at risk to protect the innocent people of Clacton.

"PC Dibell paid the ultimate price for his actions, but he will never be forgotten by his colleagues in Essex Police, or the people of this county.

"We all owe him such a huge debt of gratitude. I am sure that this award will be cherished by Ian’s family, friends and colleagues who still so keenly feel his loss.”

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